UNGA Side-Event: Progress on the Development of the Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards

October 15, 2018

The APT, together with the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), is pleased to invite you to a side-event to the United Nations' 73rd General Assembly on to update you on the development of the Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards.

Monday 15 October 2018, 13:15-14:30, Conference Room E

Moderated by:

  • Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights


  • Mr. Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Mr. Jens Modvig, Chairperson, Committee against Torture
  • Sir Malcolm Evans, Chairperson, Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture
  • Ms. Rebecca Shaeffer, Senior Legal and Policy Officer, Fair Trials Americas
  • Mr. Gisle Kvanvig, Director ASEAN/Vietnam, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Despite its absolute prohibition under international law, the use of torture persists - particularly during the first hours of custody and in the context of questioning by law enforcement. In his October 2016 thematic report, former Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez called for the development of a universal protocol for non-coercive interviewing and procedural safeguards aiming to ensure that no person is subjected to torture, ill-treatment, coercion, violence, duress, or threat during an investigative interview of any kind.

Subsequent to the release of the former Special Rapporteur on Torture’s report, the ATI, the NCHR, and the APT have joined forces in an effort to make the development of the Universal Protocol a reality. This side-event will provide an update on the progress being made toward drafting the universal protocol and to reiterate the importance of implementing human rights-based standards and guidelines for investigative interviewing and associated safeguards, with a view to minimising the use of torture, mistreatment, coercion, and intimidation against persons in custody and/or during interviews with law enforcement.

This event will feature speakers from the UN, civil society, and academia. Representatives of Member States, UN agencies and civil societies are cordially invited.

The event is open to the public (registration 3 days in advance required for participants without UN badges). The event will be broadcast via “Facebook Live” at www.facebook.com/AntiTorture.org

For practical information or to download the flyer, please click here.